Juventus v Tottenham – Melbourne Cricket Ground at 11:00 live on Sky Sports 1
Spurs begin their pre-season preparation with a tough clash against Italian champions Juventus on Tuesday morning in Australia. Tottenham have never faced Juventus in any football fixture and so an intriguing clash awaits us at Melbourne Cricket Ground, although several key players remain absent as a result of Euro 2016 duties.
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For Spurs, the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are set to miss out, but we should see new signings Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar) and Victor Wanyama (Southampton) feature.
After Tottenham’s disappointing end to last season, whereby they were pipped to a second place finish by London rivals Arsenal, Pochettino will want to get off to the best possible start and a win against Juventus will certainly settle the Spurs camp.
The news that Pochettino is being linked with the vacant Argentina national team coach’s job will have certainly caused some anxiety amongst the Tottenham ranks however, with the start of the Premier League season now less than 3 weeks away.
Juventus have already started their pre-season campaign and kicked off the International Champions Cup with a defeat against Australian side Melbourne Victory, after the game finished 1-1 in normal time, which led to a penalty shootout (lost 4-3).
Juve opened the scoring through youngster Carlos Blanco, who scored an incredible 50-yard chip which left Melbourne keeper Lawrence Thomas in no mans land. Thomas was sublime in the penalty shootout however and made 2 brilliant saves which enabled his team to get the victory.
There is also some uncertainty in the Italian camp regarding the future of starlet Paul Pogba, who is rumoured to be in hot pursuit by Manchester United. If the deal goes ahead, Juventus are likely to accept a world record fee for the French International, which is rumoured to be around £100 million.
The Italian side have also been splashing the cash themselves and have invested in midfielders Miralem Pjanic (Roma) and Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb), as well as defenders Dani Alves (Barcelona) and loan signing Mehdi Benatia (Bayern Munich).
With several recently signed talented stars set to take to the pitch, I am expecting goals from both sides as the new boys look to make an instant impression upon the gaffer and therefore I recommend backing over 2.5 goals at evens.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.5 goals @ 2.00 with 188BET
Prices correct at time of writing.